The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Biodun Ogunyemi has spoken about the current crisis rocking Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of the Union
The National President of the lecturers said “It is true that there is crisis in Obafemi Awolowo University branch of ASUU but it is just a storm that will calm soon”.
Biodun Ogunyemi said the Genesis of the crisis was the decision of the Union at the National level to ‘punish’ officials of the Union for their various roles during the Vice Chancellorship crisis that rocked the University in 2016,he said “Basically,what caused this issue is the disciplinary measure meted out to officials of the University and they are frowning, we would get over the storm soon but there is nothing like ASUU OAU pulling out,only some persons are frowning at disciplinary measures “.
it would be recalled that the University was thrown into controversy following a crisis on who becomes the Vice Chancellor of the University. The University Governing Council earlier announced Prof Ayobami Salami as the Vice Chancellor of the University before crisis hit his appointment as the University Vice Chancellor following protests by Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and other non Academic Unions in the University,this development caused division between Lecturers in the University
The University lecturers reportedly loyal to Niyi Sunmonu led faction of the University had said they would pull out of the Union and According to media reports asked the University to stop payment of their dues to the National body of ASUU.